EX-SERVICEMEN rallied together to give a disabled Falklands veteran a helping hand when they mucked in to paint his flat.

The veteran who wished to be known only as 'Tom' has been allocated sheltered housing in Ronkswood in Worcester and now the flat has a new lick of paint as other ex-serviceman gave up their time to support him.

The idea cam about when Jeff Clayton SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) caseworker for Worcester emailed David Carney of the city's breakfast club (the Brekkie Club) for ex-servicemen.

Mr Carney said: "Naturally, I said of course and arranged it for Thursday (August 25).

"At 10am, myself, Graham Greenberg and George Moore arrived to find the caseworker and Tom, the veteran waiting for us.

"We spent a good four hours painting his living room and bedroom and have agreed to go back in a few weeks to complete the hallway and kitchen.

"The veteran was chuffed to bits and from talking to him, it seemed he craved some companionship and wanted to attend our next meeting on Saturday, September 2 at the Postal Order at 10am.

"I told him he will be warmly welcomed, and the SSAFA caseworker also said he would attend the next one.

"So all in all, SSAFA and the Breakfast Club have come to the aid of another veteran having a bit of a rough patch but now he's found his feet with sheltered accommodation up in Ronkswood."